Thursday, May 20, 2004

Anyone Know This One? Lunatic right-winger D. James Kennedy publishes a monthly newsletter called Impact. The current edition has several articles dealing with evolutoin-related issues. Most of it is the usual deranged litany of creationist flapdoodle, but there was one line that caught my eye, from this article:

I almost fell out of my chair. A public television interviewer had just asked Sir Julian Huxley, a leading defender of evolution until his death in 1975, why he thought Darwin’s idea caught on so quickly. His answer astonished me.

“[I suppose the reason] we all jumped at the Origin [Darwin’s On the Origin of Species],” Huxley said, “was because the idea of God interfered with our sexual mores.” “Mores,” of course, is a secular term for morals.

Kennedy frequently uses this quote from Huxley. Does anyone know anything about it? Did Huxley actually say this? Is there more to the context than what Kennedy is describing?


At 8:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the fact that the television program is not identified is a major hint that something is not right. I have seen this claim before but never with any details which would allow it to be investigated.

The only thing remotely similar that I have heard of is Aldous Huxley's explanation for embracing nihilism, from his book _Ends and Means_. I believe that this is what Kennedy is referring to.

See the article discussing a similar claim from Kent Hovind on this page:

Paul King

At 8:26 AM, Blogger John Wendt said...

From a Huxley essay:

"Today the god hypothesis has ceased to be scientifically tenable, has lost its explanatory value and is becoming an intellectual and moral burden to our thought. It no longer convinces or comforts, and its abandonment often brings a deep sence of relief. Many people assert that this abandonment of the god hypothesis means the abandonment of all religion and all moral sanctions. This is simply not true. But it does mean, once our relief at jettisoning an outdated piece of ideological furniture is over, that we must construct some thing to take its place."


At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I believe Kennedy is misattributing (and paraphrasing) a passage from an Aldous Huxley book to Sir Julian.

I occasionally listening to christian talk radio here in Austin (sociological research, don't you know), and I heard him make this claim about Julian Huxley on his radio program. Dubiously researching it on the Internet afterwards I came across the Aldous Huxley nihilism bit. Made me quite angry at the misrepresentation, in fact.

I seem to recall reading that one fellow had corresponded with
Kennedy to advise him of the falsity of that claim, but I can't swear to that.

Jonathan Abbey

At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here it is..

Jonathan Abbey

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